Archive for October, 2008

On Predictions in Real Life and for Science Fiction

No one can predict the future, not even theoretically. Still, there are a lot of things that are predictable, that we know with a high degree of certainty will happen.  You drop something and it will fall.  The sun will rise tomorrow.  A major league baseball team will beat a little league team every single […]

How Stories End

In amongst the usual panels that I am picked for (there’s ALWAYS one on heroines – I seem to have established something of a rep as a Writer Who Writes Strong Wimmin), at the latest convention I have a panel that I have not had before. A panel entitled “How Stories End”. It’s an intriguing […]


In just a month from now, my fifth book–The Black Ship–will be released. Coincidentally, this is the same day we will elect a new president. I’m not sure this is auspicious timing or not. I think more worrisome is that no one may be able to afford actually buying my book, much less buying gas […]

Writing Quotes

Most writers of my acquaintance like to tape inspirational quotes to their computer monitors. Whether they do this literally or just figuratively, I’ll never know — I just know that when someone posts a great quote, I see a great number of responses involving printing and taping. I love these quotes. The best quotes aren’t […]

Author Information

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese is the author of JADE TIGER (Juno Books, 2007), an action-adventure kung fu romance, with tigers. Her short stories have appeared online at Strange Horizons and Lone Star Stories, and in various print anthologies like Japanese Dreams, Sword & Sorceress, and Polyphony 4. When she's not writing, Jenn is practicing martial arts, playing World of Warcraft, or dreaming of rain. Visit site.



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